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According to a recent study, the average American spends 1.5 hours per day doing housework. Whether you are an avid DIY’er, someone who is spring cleaning or you enjoy mowing the lawn, chances are you are spending a decent chunk of your spare time each week doing with housework or yardwork. Using the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CraftJack set out to determine where in American people are spending the most time on housework and how different demographics stack up, including men, women, homeowners and renters.
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Residents of Maine, Connecticut and Vermont spend the most time on their homes, and resident of Montana, Arkansas and Missouri spend the least. People who own a home spend more time on housework on average (1.7 hours per day) than those who rent (1.2 hours per day). While men and women contribute significantly to housework, we found that men spend more time than women. This is true for both interior work (men spend 25% more time) and exterior work (men spend 115% more time than women), however the specific task of interior cleaning, they’re about even. Homeowners commitment to their yards and outdoor spaces is relatively independent of climate.
Data from this report was pulled from the 2018 American Time Use Survey which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To see the full report on who’s spending the most time on housework in America.